Monday, 30 September 2013

Relief


Because I can have a few days off being on High Productivity mode...

The craft fair was fun. Tiring, but fun. Here's my stall (complete with assistants) - we were all set up in plenty of time and had a nice spot with a welcome breeze. Come midday the sun was shining directly overhead and polytunnels are very warm places indeed.



This is the view from outside: a pumpkin field. It was lovely in the morning to wander around, breathe in the fresh air and take it easy before the day began.


I got a chance to chat with other, more experienced stallholders. One lady in particular had some very lovely things and gave me lots of helpful advice. And she even bought some of my wares.


We had family around too so Joe got to play outside (he particularly liked the chickens). We had a bit of a picnic, and Jay took him home for a couple of hours in the afternoon for his nap. Kenyon Hall's pretty near home so it worked out nicely.


It was definitely a learning experience but the aim was to recoup the cost of the stall. I managed that and also made quite a tidy profit. For someone who hopes to earn money flexibly and enjoy what they do, it was a huge boost and a good start.

Here's what I learned:

Selling at a fair is hit-and-miss but it's great to meet people face-to-face
Prints (lino cuts) and vintage pottery are popular
Knitted and sewn items, not so much (although I sold some wristwarmers)
Networking isn't that hard or intimidating
Selling online is a good option too so I'll try both.


So I've set up a Facebook page and decided that the more time-consuming crafts are probably better done purely for enjoyment and gifts for family and friends. And I'll be concentrating on art and vintage bits and pieces for the commercial side of things.

Yesterday was nice and relaxed. No deadlines or plans to work to. Although I did make a little something: a fox brooch from a kit (from this month's Mollie Makes magazine). I think I must have the bug....

Thank you all for your good wishes. It was tiring but inspiring!

6 comments:

  1. I'm so glad it went well. I expect you've thought about an Etsy shop?

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    1. I did... and promptly forgot again. Thanks for the reminder, I'll have a look later this evening!

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  2. I'm glad it went well. Looks like you had a fun day.

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    1. We did! The surroundings helped - pumpkins, donkey rides, farm shop... lovely :)

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  3. Glad you had fun and made a profit. As a customer I agree with your conclusion that knitted and sewn items would be something I would make myself but would be more interested in the Lino cuts and not so much the vintage items because I am too tight (love my bootfair bargains). Good luck with your Facebook shop, hope it leads to some excellent sales figures.

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    1. I love the bargain-hunting aspect of it too! Speaking of which we're heading over to one on Sunday. My mum assures me it's really good so am looking forward to it immensely!

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